Leica M10-D Review

January 10, 2019 | Amy Davies |

Leica M10-D Conclusion

As we’ve seen before with the Leica M and the M10-P, the M10-D is a beautiful camera, which is likely to appeal to Leica aficionados. Very expensive digital rangefinders are a niche proposition as it is, removing the rear screen just makes it even more niche – so it’ll be interesting to see how well the M10-D performs, sales-wise.

In terms of usability, the Leica M10-D is extremely frustrating at times. It would almost be better to assume that Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t possible, and use it in the same way as you would a film camera, only looking at the images when you get chance to get to a computer or similar. Otherwise, the number of times that the M10-D failed to connect to the phone made this aspect of shooting with the camera extremely annoying, and time-consuming.

Putting that aside, the images that the M10-D is capable of producing is very good, but as it uses the same sensor and processor combination of the M10 and the M10-P, you’d have to specifically want the “no screen” style to opt for this over the other M10 cameras in the series.

Using a rangefinder takes quite a bit of time to get the hang of – and it’s not for everybody. Once you get a bit more used to it, getting shots in focus comes a lot easier, but without the ability to double check (quickly) that you’ve nailed the shot, this is certainly not a camera for those who are new to rangefinder shooting.

Whether you’re tempted to buy a Leica M10-D quite probably has nothing to do with whether you actually need one. This feels like a camera which has been invented for camera collectors, rather than for people who want to actually shoot with one. Hopefully Leica will improve the stability and functionality of the accompanying app, because at the moment, that is its biggest drawback – if that could be improved, it’d be a slightly less frustrating process.

At £6,500 (body only) the Leica M10-D is not a camera purchase to be made lightly – but if you have to think twice about the price, perhaps you’re not the right kind of customer anyway. If you’re interested in rangefinder shooting – take a look at the standard M10, or the M10-P for a more straightforward camera.

3 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 2.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 2.5